4 Ways to Prevent MRSA in Athletes

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What is MRSA?

MRSA, or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a type of bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics used to treat typical staph infections. Common staph infections occur in hospitals and nursing homes where diseases can spread easily among weakened immune systems. However, there is another type of staph infection that is affecting healthy athletes. It is called CA-MRSA, and it is more dangerous than a staph infection. This strand of MRSA spreads through skin-to-skin contact and requires invasive treatments like surgical draining. Thankfully, there are 4 effective ways to help prevent MRSA and CA-MRSA.

Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Although it may sound redundant, washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent the spread of bacteria. Using soap and water, rub your hands briskly for 15 seconds. With the same amount of time it takes to sing happy birthday, you could save yourself from a deadly infection. Also make sure to dry your hands completely when you are finished. If you do not have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer.

Treat Open Wounds Properly

When open wounds occur, it is also a very good idea to sterilize the area with rubbing alcohol. The sting the alcohol causes is worth its prevention of infection! Also, always use dry and sterile band-aids to keep infections from spreading; pus from an open wound could contain MRSA and keeping it covered will benefit your body’s fight against it.

Use Clear Gear

Steve Traccana, a founding member of Clear Gear, had a personal experience with staph in November 2011. A minor cut on his elbow during a hockey match passed the infection into him: he spent 8 days in the hospital and lost 14 lbs. This event changed his life and motivated him to help create Clear Gear. Its formula can eliminate five types of staph bacteria as well as athlete’s foot, pox virus, and many other types of dangerous infections. Clear Gear can be easily used on headgear, gloves, yoga mats, and shower areas. It also has a variety of other uses as a mold killer and a fungicide. From an 8oz bottle to a gallon jug, Clear Gear understands your needs.

Practice Good Post-Game Hygiene

Showering after an exercise, practice, or game can be an extremely effective way of preventing MRSA. Make sure to clean everywhere, even behind your ears. Do not just rinse off: always use soap. Sharing towels, razors, and clothing is not recommended either.

MRSA is accompanied by a fever and pain around the infected area. It can also be spotted by a boil on the skin or pus on an open wound. If you think that you have MRSA, go to a health care provider so it can be treated. To prevent these worst-case scenarios, use Clear Gear. Clear Gear is here to protect you from MRSA and provide a barrier against many other deadly diseases. Keeping athletes protected is our goal. Order Clear Gear today!